Teaching history to young people can be a daunting task. Often history is taught through boring lectures and lengthy text. Using only these medium to convey information would put anyone to sleep. But when history can be seen and heard, it brings it to life.
The Civil Rights Movement in America occurred during the time when audio and visual technologies were becoming more sophisticated and accessible. People and events during this time were able to be recorded. Also during this time television was becoming accessible and a part of the American household. The Civil Rights Movement made the news nationally and well as internationally. The world was watching.
The use of primary sources in the teaching of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement gives the learner an opportunity to be present in the past which allows them to construct their own meaning and knowledge. As educators…
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